(The Philippine Star)

Almost everyone thinks of Baguio as a destination when summer starts. But have you ever visited the other side of the mountain? After many years, I took a trip to the eastern part of Northern Luzon, specifically Nueva Vizcaya. It used to be just a stopover on our way to Tuguegarao, Cagayan; Kalinga or Banaue, Ifugao. This time, we decided to stop in Nueva Vizcaya and make it our home base for three days of coffee seminars and trainings.

Asipulo, Ifugao, a short two-hour drive up the mountains
Asipulo, Ifugao, a short two-hour drive up the mountains

We found a nice tourist inn called Gamponia’s Resort in Bambang, on the road to Dupax del Sur just off Maharlika Highway. It’s a small boutique inn with friendly staff and clean comfortable rooms.  You can ask them to cook breakfast of fried smoked fish, local longganisa and eggs.

After checking in, you can visit the oldest church (est. 1776) and the oldest acacia tree, as our DOT fold out guide informed us. True enough, just three kilometers from the resort was the town of Dupax del Sur and the oldest acacia tree. Nice photo opportunity. Read More

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